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Sports Briefs

Dec 29,2017
FOOTBALL

Coach Shin Tae-yong will attend Premier League match

Korea men’s football coach Shin Tae-yong will attend an English Premier League (EPL) match next week to see Son Heung-min, a source from the national football governing body said Thursday.

Shin will watch the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at Liberty Stadium in Swansea, next Tuesday (local time).

He will inspect the performance of Spurs attacker Son and meet him in person after the match, according to the source from the Korea Football Association.

Son is in hot form after bagging one goal and two assists in Spurs’ 5-2 victory against Southampton on Tuesday. The 25-year-old has nine goals in all competitions this season.

Shin, who will guide Korea at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, is also expected to meet Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng. The 28-year-old anchorman, however, will likely not play against Spurs, since he is suffering from a calf injury.

Both Son and Ki are certain to be on Korea’s final squad for the 2018 World Cup, where they have to face Germany, Mexico and Sweden in Group F.

Shin embarked on a business trip Dec. 19 to check on Korean players in Europe. He previously watched the performance of Troyes AC striker Suk Hyun-jun at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France, on Dec. 22.

The 48-year-old head coach will return home on Jan. 5.



Hyun Young-min is set to retire from the game

Hyun Young-min, the only active member of the 2002 Korean national football team that reached the semifinals at the FIFA World Cup, will hang up his cleats, an official from the player’s former club said Wednesday.

An official from the Jeonnam Dragons in the K League Classic said Hyun, 38, will wrap up his playing career.

The veteran defender recently earned free agent status after his contract with Jeonnam expired.

“We’ve decided not to sign a new contract with Hyun,” the official said. “Hyun also decided not to search for a new club. We’ll prepare a retirement ceremony for him next year.”

Hyun was one of the 23 members that was coached by Dutch tactician Guus Hiddink during the 2002 World Cup.

Korea, which was also co-host of the tournament with Japan, finished fourth at the 2002 World Cup.

Hyun, who was a backup defender for the team, didn’t make a single appearance at the World Cup, but encouraged his teammates from the bench to help Korea achieve the historic result.

Hyun last played for Korea in 2004. He has 15 caps with the men’s national team.

Hyun made 437 appearances in the K League, scoring nine goals and delivering 55 assists.

He made his pro debut with Ulsan Hyundai in 2002, and also played for local clubs like FC Seoul and Seongnam FC. He joined Jeonnam in 2014. Hyun also played for one season with the Russian side, Zenit St. Petersburg, in 2006.

Sources here said Hyun will pursue a coaching career. He already has a low-level coaching license.

Yonhap